The number of lambs you market has a direct impact on the profitability of your flock. Most lamb mortalities occur at or shortly after lambing. Investing the time and effort into ensuring your lambs are given the best start possible will pay off with more live lambs. Taking care of lambs begins with ensuring your ewes are well taken care during pregnancy, particularly during the last four to six weeks of gestation. See the ALP Reproduction and Nutrition modules for more details about ewe management.
- List of suggested lambing supplies
- What you need to know about lambing - Presentation by Dr. Ileana Wenger (pdf)
- Neonatal Management (ALP factsheets):
- Early Weaning Protocol (ALP fact sheet)
- Animal Welfare Considerations for Castration and Tail Docking (ALP fact sheet)
- For 'how-to' guides for castration and tail docking, check Shepherding 101, Reproduction module or the Code of Practice
- Mastitis in Ewes (ALP fact sheet)
- 'How to' tail dock lambs. Video on the Canadian Sheep Breeders Association website.
- Neonatal Lamb Post-Mortem Resources (Also see 'Neonatal Management' webinar with Lynn Tait, below)
- 'ALP Examination Guide' - Detailed information on preforming postmortem exams, booklet
- 'ALP Examination Checklist' - 2-page sheet for use during a post-exam (laminated version available from the ALP office)
- 'ALP Examination Record Sheet' - To recording results for individual examinations
- 'Lamb Post-Mortem Protocol for Use on Farm: To Diagnose Primary Cause of Lamb Death from Birth to 3 Days of Age' - Refernce article
- 'Lamb Autopsy. Notes on a procedure for determining cause of death' - Link to autopsy guide.
- Videos on ALP's YouTube channel, Sheep Central Alberta
Part of the Shepherding 101 series
'Neonatal Management' webinar with Dr.Lynn Tait